June 19, 2015
Javier Galván, ex-president of the PRI-Jalisco, was assassinated this morning on the Colonia Guevara Beltway in Guadalajara. The attack against the ISSSTE delegate reportedly came from a van around 9:15 this morning on Angulo, between the streets Ontario and López Mateos. Testimonies made to the authorities indicate that the aggressors fled the scene in a moving vehicle, escaping towards López Mateos.
June 15, 2015
Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (INE) on Sunday confirmed that President Enrique Pena Nieto’s ruling party emerged as the strongest force in elections last weekend, which INE forecasts say will enable it to retain control of the lower house.
A preliminary INE estimate seen by Reuters showed that Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), plus its allies, the Green Party and the smaller New Alliance Party, would be allotted a total of 260 seats in the 500-member lower house of Congress, up from 251 before the midterm vote.
June 8, 2015
6/6/15 Eurasia Review
On June 7, Mexico will hold its 2015 mid-term federal elections. The mid-terms in Mexico come every three years, occurring as a halfway point in the six-year presidential term; this will then be the most important round prior to the 2018 presidential elections. At stake will be 500 federal deputies, nine governors, 17 state legislatures, and 903 municipalities/delegations, 83.5 million Mexicans are registered to vote. Among the diputados (deputies) to be elected into the Cámara de Diputados (Chamber of Deputies), 300 will be directly elected by plurality from single-member districts, while the remaining 200 deputies will be elected through proportional representation, each party’s share of the national vote. The gubernatorial seats up for selection are Baja California Sur, Campeche, Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Nuevo León, Querétaro, Sonora, and San Luís Potosí.
May 11, 2015
WHEN: Monday, May 18, 9:30-11:00am
WHERE: 6th Floor Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Click here to RSVP.
The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute is pleased to invite you to an event on Mexico’s 2015 midterm elections. On June 7, 2015, more than 86 million Mexicans will have the opportunity to elect 500 federal deputies, 17 state-level legislatures, 9 governors, and more than 300 mayors. This new cohort of legislators will replace the group that approved the major reforms proposed by President Enrique Peña Nieto during the first year of his administration. The new Chamber of Deputies will be crucial for the second half of Peña Nieto’s term in office; finding room for negotiation may prove increasingly difficult as the presidential succession nears.
These elections represent a battle in which the PRI seeks to stay strong despite the President’s low approval ratings. Meanwhile, the PAN and the PRD are trying to overcome internal divisions and emerge stronger. The PRD’s internal challenges became external with the recent founding of MORENA, led by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, which is emerging as a viable option for voters on the left. In fact, MORENA will be competing head to head with the Green Party (PVEM) to be the fourth national political force.
Political Analyst and Professor, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
Luis Carlos Ugalde
Director General, Integralia Consultores
Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
October 6, 2014
10/05/14 BBC News
Police in Mexico have arrested four men in connection with the recent killing of governing PRI party congressman Gabriel Gomez Michel. The men were arrested in the western state of Jalisco. Police released no further details. Mr. Gomez Michel, 49, and his driver were abducted in broad daylight on a motorway leading to Jalisco airport on 22 September. Their bodies were found a day later in the boot of their burnt car. The authorities have so far not established a motive for the killings. Politicians from his party said they suspected a criminal gang was behind the murder.
July 28, 2014
07/27/14 Fox News Latino
The leader of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in Nuevo Urecho, a city in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, was gunned down by hitmen suspected of being on the payroll of a drug cartel, state prosecutors said.
Arturo Alejandro Ramos was walking down a street Friday night in Zuracuaretiro, a city next to Nuevo Urecho, when he was shot, the Michoacan Attorney General’s Office said.
April 7, 2014
The Economist, 4/5/14
It didn’t take long for Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to react to the seriousness of the sex scandal erupting around it on April 2nd. Just hours after Cuauhtémoc Gutiérrez de la Torre, the party’s president in Mexico City, publicly denied a report that he kept a network of prostitutes on the party payroll for his personal use, the PRI put him on leave and called for a police investigation.
The story by MVS News, one of Mexico’s most influential radio programmes, is colourful and the allegations it makes are potentially very sordid. Mr Gutiérrez, as heavy-set as an ox, comes from a family that made a fortune on Mexico City’s rubbish tips. His murdered father (a former PRI stalwart) was known as the “King of Rubbish”. Heading the PRI in Mexico City is the highest office he has held, although the party has not ruled there since 1997. His office issued a statement saying the MVS report was “deceitful, ill-intentioned and slanderous” and that Mr Gutiérrez himself wanted an investigation.